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TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 Dual Band Wireless N600 PCI Express Adapter, 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps, IEEE 802.1a/b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2

  • Selective 300Mbps on 2.4GHz or 5GHz
  • Two Adjustable Antennas
  • Advanced Security-WPA / WPA2
  • Plug & Play for Windows 8
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Carl C.
  • 12/10/2014 7:50:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked

Pros: As long as you are basically familiar on how to avoid killing your PC this card is really easy to install.
Small
works well

Cons: None with the product i purchased, and recieved.

Other Thoughts: I needed this card at the time to upset my mother in law. So in that respect it worked out great. I later used this card for completely nefarious deeds ranging from playing computer games to looking for jobs. So if you need this for these nefarious deeds (as defined by my mother in law) then this is an excellent choice. Approved for people downtrodden by in laws and the like.

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  • Glen G.
  • 8/28/2014 9:29:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSuper Easy Install but disappointing 5ghz

Pros: It was extremely easy to install in a Windows 7 Professional computer without a single problem. Performance is a little disappointing. It is slower than the USB adapter I had been using but, this was installed because the company IT man insisted internal adapters are more secure. This gets only 4 out 5 bars on the 2.4 ghz whereas the USB adapter had five bars and slightly slower throughput than the 5 ghz USB adapter. The 2.4 ghz mode is very stable with no dropped signals. The price was is unbeatable and Newegg service was outstanding as always.

Cons: The 5 ghz mode only had between 2 & 3 bars and throughput was about a third of what the other mode was...finally running so slow and with such a bad connection it dropped the signal. The USB adapter that I formerly used had 4 bars with 5gz and speed that was almost as fast as the 2.4 mode on this card.

Other Thoughts: The card was the best price I had seen anywhere for similar features but, the 5 ghz mode is unusable. It perplexes me how a USB drive with no antenna works so much better than this card with antenna. It does what I need it to do thanks to the 2.4ghz mode so I will keep the card but, if you are looking for a good 5ghz card this is not it. I find it ironic that 5ghz is being touted as superior performance over a less crowded frequency when I have experienced just the opposite.

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  • Anson M.
  • 8/22/2014 6:10:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works.

Pros: It works perfectly with my GNU/Linux system.

Cons: Slightly weaker signal reception than anticipated, although that is likely because of how the router is situated, not because of the card.

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  • Thomas C.
  • 8/14/2014 9:45:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Product

Pros: None, a DOA adapter would have better performance...

Cons: not DOA, the return process would possibly be easier if it was. Terrible support, cant understand anything she was saying, tried to call again to get someone else but she answered again... 5ghz refuses to work, even though I have Rosewill N600 that uses 5ghz fine. Cant even connect to a computer on my local network with this card...

Other Thoughts: Never Buying another TP Link product again...

cheap USB Dongle wifi adapter gets 25Mbps DL speed with 2/5 bars connection... This piece of junk cant even pull 200Kbps with 2/5 bars... what a waste of my time and money... now just have to find how to return this and buy another Rosewill adapter.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for your review and we are sorry to see that this device didn't work out too well for you.

We do have local support so you may always request to speak with one of our US representatives.

We have seen many cases where the 5GHz isn't visible as it may be off by default - however if this works fine on your other devices then it is safe to assume that this isn't the problem.

If you feel like the device is defective then we also have an RMA policy to replace it with a brand new one if needed.

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any further questions or concerns.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support.usa@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support

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  • Chengwei S.
  • 7/23/2014 8:34:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWARNING

Pros: It works great for 5 months.

Cons: I bought 2 of this wireless adapters from newegg. Both worked good until last week. One died somehow. I sent warranty request to D-link 3 days ago, still no response from them. WARNING to buyers, you are buying a product with no warranty support.

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  • Bree M.
  • 6/24/2014 10:43:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs5GHZ hollow promise

Pros: 2.4 GHZ is incredible. Easy install and driver install.

Cons: 5GHZ it a total waste. 5 bars 300MBS on 2.4GHZ. 2 bars 54MBS on 5GHZ. 8 feet between router and adapter antennas. Corner of a wall is between them and that apparently is enough to severely hinder 5GHZ band. May just be 5GHZ and have nothing to do with this card.

Other Thoughts: Like the card. Like TP-LINK products. Using their cards in other PCs in my house and I have the TP-LINK wireless N dual band router. Just wish I had saved my self $10 and bought the TP-LINK wireless N 2.4GHZ card and stayed away from dual band 5GHZ card and router. Lots of promise but no actual delivery of speeds promised.

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  • William E.
  • 5/14/2014 5:19:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBare Minimum

Pros: It was functional.

Cons: This device doesn't get even half of the speeds that it promises with minimal range from the router, and near 100% signal strength. It took three weeks to return the item, just to have it turned down due to a faulty serial number that was sent to me.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy it unless you want trouble.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat wireless for the price

Pros: If you are looking for a PCI-Express wireless adapter for your PC that "just works" and isn't too expensive, this is a good place to start.

The technical details have been covered in other reviews, but I wanted to rave about the single most impressive feature of this card: Reliability.

I live in a 2-floor, 2100 square foot house. I've reviewed many wireless-N devices before, so I was expecting about the same performance as those.
I was wrong.
The most unexpected thing about the TP-Link was the 54% signal strength from the other side of the house, on a different floor, through a ventilation duct, metal bed frame, and 5 walls.

To put it in perspective, even the expensive 802.11AC devices such as the DWA-182, which cost several times as much (though are different classes of device), had unreliable connections at best. I could view images and check email, but not stream movies without losing connection every few minutes.

To contrast, the TP-Link N600 never lost connection when copying over 230GB of files.

Other notes I made:

+ Supports 5GHz networking. Why should you care? The more common (and also supported) 2.4GHz frequency can be very flaky and unpredictable. Microwaves, bluetooth devices, and even garage door openers can interfere with your network.
5GHz networks generally do not have this problem.

Which should you choose?
It depends on your situation. this card supports both, so try both! See what works best for you!

+ Supports low-profile cases with the included adapter.

+ Warranty is 2 years -- twice as long as most other adapters. Really, twice as long as most other computer products of any kind.

Cons: - The drivers come in a mini-CD. This is fine for most computers, but many CD-ROM drives, especially older ones, do not work well with them.

- Ships with old drivers. Any geek, however, should know to always get the latest drivers from the website.

- Signal was much weaker when passing through my aluminum computer case, Easy enough to fix: Move the computer.

- As a PCI-Express card, obviously this product is not mobile. Moving my computer across the house to test was a little awkward.

Other Thoughts: I installed high-gain antennas and saw almost zero difference at any range. The included antennas appear to be very good.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Works great. Works in linux. Decent speeds to my wireless N router. I don't use this for gaming but I do use it for every-day use. Works well for that.

Cons: None

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  • Ben M.
  • 4/27/2014 11:35:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsgreat mid level NIC

Pros: Dual band nic (network interface card) at 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz which affords those w/ dual band routers to choose which connection to utilize.

Great 2.4ghz performance, decent 5ghz performance. Which I would say is more a limit of the 5ghz band's lack of ability to go through surfaces and the current location of my workbench PC's.

I have an average sized home at 1550sq ft and my workbench sits 1 floor down on the far side, ~60 ft away) from my router. From this location i'm able to get an 85% LINK and 85% signal strength connection at 300mbps on the 2.4ghz band.

On the 5ghz band i'm getting peaks at 300mbps, but the connection speeds are inconsistent. I am getting about 2-3 bars of connectivity and ranging from 81mbps to 300mbps.

I tested this nic against a couple USB nic's and another tp-link pci1 nic. I used the Rosewill N900UBE, Netgear WNA1000m, and the TP-LINK TL-WN881ND.

Comparatively, the Rosewill product was 100 link, 100 strength, and 300 mbps. However, this product works via USB with a +5 db boost antenna.

The Netgear product is a nano USB NIC that is about the size of a USB connector. This product received 120-150 mbps at 100 link and 100 signal. The product is an N150 instead of this TPLink N300 device.

The similar wn881nd performed about the same as this one on the 2.4ghz band. The primary difference between the two is that wn881nd is only 2.4ghz vs this one being either 2.4ghz or 5ghz.

The wn881nd got 85% link and 90% signal strength at 300mbps connection speed. Slightly better than this product, which could have been due to additional device interference rather than a fault of this device.

Overall, this device performed great. There were no connection drop outs, always providing a great networking connection.

Cons: If I had to write about a con, i'd have to say that the PCI1 connection is the biggest con. For power users, there is no issue with adding a pci card, however, for many users this may be a daunting task.

The biggest issue is due to some OEM manufacturers utilizing a sticker to prevent users from opening their case to service &/or upgrade their big box computers w/out voiding their warranty.

Overall, this is not a major con, but worth noting.

Other Thoughts: The included bracket for small form factor PC's is a great addition that makes the product that more versatile.

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